New Wine? New Wineskins?

Values-based Reflections on the Changing Face of Healthcare Chaplaincy


  • Michael Paterson Joining the Dots



healthcare chaplaincy


In the first of this series of three articles in Health & Social Care Chaplaincy, the author employed Ricoeur’s typology – orientation, disorientation, reorientation – to explore Scottish healthcare chaplains’ responses to the refocusing of spiritual care from a series of crisis-based hospital interventions to the promotion of wellbeing and resilience in local communities. In this second article the author treats this paradigm shift with a hermeneutic of suspicion and explores inherent issues of need, ability, value and power.

Author Biography

Michael Paterson, Joining the Dots

Michael Paterson leads on Values-Based Reflective Practice within NHS Spiritual Care, Scotland. He is currently developing an undergraduate formational degree in spiritual care for new entrants into the profession.


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How to Cite

Paterson, M. (2015). New Wine? New Wineskins? Values-based Reflections on the Changing Face of Healthcare Chaplaincy. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 2(2), 255–266.

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